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Finally, I have a printer again! Except, rather inconveniently, I can either have the printer or the computer plugged in at any given time. This is not for lack of sockets, but for lack of plug converters. The printer was incorrectly shipped with a continental plug, and my computer has an American/Canadian plug on it. At least it's a laptop, so I can still print.

Build your own mechanical bat! Construct your own graveyard! (via ozarque)

I was very sorry to hear about the Vallejo wine storage facility fire the other day. Not to mention the Aardman Animations warehouse fire (which is, admittedly, less financially catastrophic, if of more sentimental value for me.)

Thanks to easterbunny's birthday party yesterday, I've become better acquainted with more of the Pie People, had a small world moment involving a new acquaintance who once dated someone I knew from York, and have eaten tacos in England for the first time in years. Mexican food is not one of this country's strengths, but easterbunny hails from the southern U.S., so she knows exactly what American Mexican food requires. Guacamole is crucial. The black bean salad was a particular highlight.

I've been reorganizing parts of the apartment lately, otherwise known as "settling in". I considered various wine racks in catalogs yesterday - and found a much better one, more inexpensively, at the supermarket today. Of course, all I had to put on it was one bottle of wine and a rolling pin, but it's important to have somewhere to put one's rolling pin. It's the little things that make a home feel more homelike.


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Oct. 16th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
For the lap top, go and buy a lead for a kettle (or take the lead off the kettle you own). You'll find this fits neatly into the box which connects the two halves of the lap top lead (I can never remember what this is called). This can then be plugged into the wall.

All of that is assuming you have a pc. If you have a Mac, Mac sells a universal adapter kit. MIcro Anvika on Tottenham Court Road have them.
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
For future reference, it's good to know that PCs can be dealt with that way! As it is, I do indeed have a Mac. Amazon is meant to be shipping us a replacement plug for the printer, but it hasn't shown up yet.
Oct. 16th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
One of the best things I found when living out of the US was that visiting a combination of Turkish and Indian shops gave me pretty much everything I needed to cook Mexican food ... except tomatillos and nopales. The last time I was in London, I was surprised at how many more things were available. Better than Germany, where the Mexican food is much worse. But even there, there was a shop in the Munich suburbs that sold fresh tortillas and all kinds of imported things, like the afore-mentioned tomatillos. It just meant taking a break from the Staatsbibliothek and making a side trip ...

Is it possible for you to write something that doesn't make me want to cook? I'm supposed to be writing an exam. THe students won't mind not getting one, but ...
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
For a moment, reading your comment, I completely forgot that I'd written about Mexican food in this post and wondered how on earth you happened to run across a comment I'd left in someone else's journal about sourcing Mexican food in London. But of course, I did write about food, and the bean salad really was good.

I will take comfort from what availability there is of the ingredients necessary for Mexican food. It's true, this would be a much harder task in Italy, for example.

If only I could include an ftp link for downloading samples of food discussed in my posts...
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
Are you desperate? We have a second UK adapter for the Mac. You could come round during the morning either tomorrow or Wednesday to collect it. (I would need it back by Christmas).
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
I greatly appreciate the offer but no, I'm not desperate. My laptop battery isn't what it once was, but I don't anticipate needing to print for more than an hour and a half continuously in the next few months. For a job of that scale, I can take it to copy shop. It's just a good thing I have a laptop and not a desktop, or the printer and the computer could never communicate.
Oct. 17th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
I like the idea that you store your rolling pin in your wine rack...
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